Cage Warriors 90 features two title fights, plus Paddy Pimblett vs. Alexis Savvidis

A pair of titles will be on the line in February, and a former champion will return to action for Cage Warriors.

Cage Warriors 90 is set for Feb. 24 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Two titles will be on the line, though each of those fights currently has just one fighter booked. Middleweight champion Lee Chadwick (24-13-1) will put his belt up for grabs against an opponent still to be announced. And Cage Warriors’ inaugural women’s flyweight title will be contested with Molly McCann (6-1) against a still-to-be-determined foe.

One fight is locked down, though: Former featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (13-2) will move up to lightweight in front of his home fans to take on Alexis Savvidis (16-6-1), the promotion today announced. Chadwick, McCann and Pimblett all are Liverpudlians.

Pimblett lost the featherweight title in April when Nad Narimani took a unanimous decision from him at Cage Warriors 82. That setback snapped a nine-fight winning streak, seven of which came under the Cage Warriors banner. He was supposed to return at Cage Warriors 88 until an injury forced him off the lineup.

“This is a pivotal fight for me – the most important fight of my life and more than any title fight,” Pimblett stated. “If I lose, I’m going to get called a hype train for life and thrown by the wayside in U.K. MMA. But that’s just not ‘The Baddy.’ When I win I’ll show people I’m back.

“People can slander my name all they want, but when I’m in there there’s no one like me. I’m going to show everyone why I was called the next big thing in this sport, and I’ll prove that by the end of 2018 when I’m two-time world champion at the age of 23.”

Savvidis, from Greece, will be fighting for the promotion for the first time in three and a half years. At Cage Warriors 70 in August 2014, he was submitted by Paul Redmond to start a 1-4 slide. But since that skid, he’s gone 7-1-1 over the past two years with six stoppage wins.

  • Champ Lee Chadwick vs. TBA – for middleweight title
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Alexis Savvidis

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Paddy Pimblett training concussion knocks him from Cage Warriors 88 fight with Vlado Sikic

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Former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will have to put his quest to get back to title contention on hold.

Pimblett (13-2) was scheduled to return this month at Cage Warriors 88 against Vlado Sikic (10-0-1). But the promotion today announced the Brit suffered a concussion during a training session, and that will keep him from competing at the event on medical grounds.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream of the main card on UFC Fight Pass.

It would have been a hometown fight for the 22-year-old Pimblett, who lost the Cage Warriors featherweight belt to Nad Narimani in April. The fight was set to take place at a 150-pound catchweight. He was on a nine-fight winning streak before the title loss, and seven of those wins came under the Cage Warriors banner.

Sikic is an undefeated 27-year-old Croatian fighter who hopes to make his promotional debut if Cage Warriors can secure him a new opponent in three weeks’ time. He has nine stoppages in 10 career wins since his 2010 pro debut. He had a brief appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 22” in 2015, but suffered a shoulder injury in an elimination-round loss to Abner Lloveras.

The latest Cage Warriors 88 lineup includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Lee Chadwick vs. Victor Cheng – for vacant middleweight title
  • Vlado Sikic vs. opponent TBA
  • Molly McCann vs. opponent TBA
  • Soren Bak vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Paull McBain vs. Sam Spencer
  • Perry Andre Goodwin vs. Jack Grant
  • Josh McManus vs. Mick Stanton
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. James Duckett

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cage Warriors 88 lineup continues to grow as ex-champ Paddy Pimblett gets opponent

Cage Warriors will “get back” to the home of The Beatles next month, and five new fights have been added to the lineup.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream of the main card on UFC Fight Pass.

As previously announced, Paddy Pimblett (13-2), who lost the Cage Warriors featherweight belt to Nad Narimani in April, is on the card. The 22-year-old Liverpool fighter, who was on a nine-fight winning streak before the title loss, now has an opponent: Vlado Sikic (10-0-1).

Sikic, who meets Pimblett in a 150-pound catchweight fight, is an undefeated 27-year-old Croatian fighter who makes who makes his promotional debut after posting nine stoppages in 10 career wins since his 2010 pro debut. He had a brief appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 22” in 2015 but suffered a shoulder injury in an elimination-round loss to Abner Lloveras.

Additionally at Cage Warriors 88, Paull McBain (4-0) takes on Sam Spencer (5-1) in a featherweight bout. In addition, Jack Grant (12-4) meets Perry Andre Goodwin (7-4) at lightweight, and in a pair of welterweight fights, Josh McManus (1-0) meets Liverpool’s own Mick Stanton (2-1) while Jack Della Maddalena (3-2) takes on James Duckett (3-1).

Spencer recently signed a multi-fight deal with Cage Warriors and will move up to featherweight to fight McBain, who hails from nearby Scotland. McBain picked up a Cage Warriors win in April when he took a split decision from Lloyd Manning, also in Liverpool.

BAMMA veteran Grant has won three straight fights, all by stoppage, following a two-fight skid. He has all 12 of his career wins by finish with six submissions and six knockouts. He makes his Cage Warriors debut. Goodwin picked up a Cage Warriors win in April when he stopped Ellis Hampson with a third-round TKO, giving him four straight victories.

With the additions, the latest Cage Warriors 88 lineup includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Vlado Sikic
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA
  • Lee Chadwick vs. TBA
  • Soren Bak vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Paull McBain vs. Sam Spencer
  • Perry Andre Goodwin vs. Jack Grant
  • Josh McManus vs. Mick Stanton
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. James Duckett

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Chris Fishgold gets challenger for Cage Warriors 88 headliner

Lightweight champion Chris Fishgold has an opponent for his Cage Warriors 88 headliner.

Officials today announced Fishgold (16-1-1) will meet challenger Alexander Jacobsen (8-1) in the championship main event.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and it streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Fishgold has won six straight bouts, which included a submission victory over Adam Boussif for the vacant title and defenses over Jason Ponet (64-second submission) and Nic Herron-Webb (decision). The 24-year-old is 7-0 under the Cage Warriors banner and owns 13 stoppages in 16 career wins.

He now takes on Jacobsen, a 29-year-old Norwegian fighter who’s 2-0 since joining Cage Warriors with a TKO win over Tim Wilde and a decision victory over Tom Green. The three-year pro has gone 8-0 with seven stoppages since losing his pro debut in 2014.

As previously announced, a number of other Liverpool fighters are slated for the card, including former featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (13-2), flyweight prospect Molly McCann (5-1), lightweight contender Martin Stapleton (19-5) and middleweight vet Lee Chadwick (23-13-1).

The latest Cage Warriors 88 card includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. TBA
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA
  • Martin Stapleton vs. TBA
  • Lee Chadwick vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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